There is something so satisfying and grounding about reading a book made from real paper. I like the way the pages feel as they alternate between smooth and terraced underneath my idle fingers. I like the way they weather.
Everyone knows reading changes people, but it changes books too. A paperback, once opened and read, will never be able to hide the creases in its spine that lengthen and multiply over time. During the first reading, the book will instinctively fall open to the last page read, obviating the need for a bookmark.
I love books, so I made a print of mine using Lulu's print-on-demand service. It's three hundred ninety-six pages from beginning to end, but still fits in the back pocket of my jeans. The front cover gets a nice crease after a while and the spine is still legible when it's on a bookshelf across the room.
If you also like books, maybe you'd like to print a copy too, for yourself or for someone else who appreciates the visceral experience of reading like I do. In the traditional way, I would sign a contract with a book publishing company to print up several hundred or several thousand copies and then be contractually obligated to convince you to buy them.
I don't want to do that.
My only goal is for people who might enjoy reading my book to be able to read it. To that end, it will still be available for free, here on my website, with a new chapter published each week until the novel's conclusion sometime in August, 2016. But if you want to have it in your hands when you read it, don't worry about wasting paper. The button below will only print as many copies as you want, and they're $9.99 each.